Strategies for Selecting
the Lead Designer and the Design Excellence A/E Team
As professionals, the peers have a responsibility to express openly and fairly their best
judgments based on expert knowledge and extensive experience. As non-stakeholders,
they are in a position to ask sensitive, but important, questions that GSA staff and
customer representatives may be reluctant or unable to ask or examine. As individuals
not intimately invo l ved in the project, the peers help address misperceptions and hidden
assumptions to ensure that all potential issues are fully explored and evaluated.
The peers, as neutral parties, can play a pivotal role in focusing the discussion and
c reating an environment that encourages eve r yone to speak. They can help build consensus
on defining quality design and keep eve r yone focused on quality concerns. Peers,
by training and experience, are able to synthesize various views and articulate the best
choices when opinions differ.
Lead designer-A/E team selection discussions can easily conclude with eve r yone having
expressed opinions but nobody knowing what it all means. Often there is an imprecise
consensus. The peers can help the group develop specific conclusions and leave the
session with objectives, decisions, and concerns that can provide cogent insight, caution,
and criteria for reaching a final decision.
6 . 11 Peers in the A/E Selection Process
Peers are deeply invo l ved and essential to successfully selecting the most appropriate
lead designer-A/E team.